Emir Kusturica

Emir Kusturica

Highest Rated: 100% El Pepe: A Supreme Life (El Pepe, Una Vida Suprema) (2018)

Lowest Rated: 40% 7 Days in Havana (2012)

Birthday: Nov 24, 1954

Birthplace: Sarajevo, Bosnia

With an impressive string of internationally acclaimed features, Yugoslavian filmmaker Emir Kusturica became one of the most creative directors in cinema during the 1980s and '90s. Born in Sarajevo and educated at the distinguished FAMU Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, he began directing Yugoslavian television shows before making an auspicious feature-film debut in 1981 with Do You Remember Dolly Bell?, which won the prestigious Golden Lion at that year's Venice Film Festival. His sophomore film, When Father Was Away on Business (1985), earned a Golden Palm at Cannes, five Yugoslavian Oscar equivalents, and was nominated for an American Academy award for Best Foreign Film. In 1989, he earned even more accolades for Time of the Gypsies a penetrating but magical look into gypsy culture and the exploitation of their youths. Kusturica continued to make highly regarded films into the next decade, including his American debut, the absurdist comedy Arizona Dream (1993) and the Golden Palm-winning black comedy Underground (1995). In 1998, he won the Venice Film Festival's Silver Lion for Best Direction for Black Cat, White Cat, an outrageous, farcical comedy set in a Gypsy settlement on the banks of the Danube.Known as much for his political activism as his filmmaking in his native country, Kusturica spoke out against the Serbian right/ultranationalist movement on many occasions. He once challenged the leader of Serbia's ultranationalist movement, Vojislav Seselj, to a high-noon duel in the heart of Belgrade. Seselj declined, saying that he "didn't want to be accused of [the] murder of an artist."

Highest Rated Movies



100% El Pepe: A Supreme Life (El Pepe, Una Vida Suprema) Director 2018
50% On the Milky Road Director Screenwriter Actor 2016
No Score Yet La foresta di ghiaccio Actor 2015
No Score Yet Words with Gods Director 2014
No Score Yet The Scapegoat (Au Bonheur des Ogres) Actor 2013
No Score Yet Des gens qui s'embrassent Actor 2013
No Score Yet Mozzarella Stories Producer 2012
No Score Yet The Eternal Director 2012
No Score Yet Vir (The Whirl) Bogdanov otac 2012
40% 7 Days in Havana Actor 2012
No Score Yet Nicostratos the Pelican Démosthène 2011
86% Farewell (L'affaire Farewell) Grigoriev $0.4M 2010
No Score Yet Maradona by Kusturica Actor Director 2008
No Score Yet Zavet (Promise Me This) Director Producer 2007
No Score Yet Secret Journey (Viaggio segreto) Actor 2006
No Score Yet All the Invisible Children Director 2006
No Score Yet All the Invisible Children Director 2005
60% Life is a Miracle Producer Director Screenwriter 2004
77% The Good Thief Vladimer $3.5M 2003
No Score Yet Super 8 Stories Actor Director 2001
90% The Widow of Saint-Pierre (The Widow of St. Pierre) (La veuve de Saint-Pierre) Neel Auguste 2000
83% Crna macka, beli macor (Black Cat, White Cat) Director Screenwriter 1999
86% Underground Dealer Director Screenwriter 1995
87% Arizona Dream Screenwriter Director 1993
100% Time of the Gypsies Screenwriter Director 1990
No Score Yet Do You Remember Dolly Bell? (Sjecas li se Dolly Bell) Screenwriter Director 1986
100% Otac na Sluzbenom Putu (When Father Was Away on Business) Director 1985


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